Android Q will be called the final release in the autumn Android 10, as Google has confirmed today for the developer conference I / O. In addition, Google has introduced new features, including a Dark Theme, new security and privacy options, and support for foldable smartphones and the new 5G mobile standard.
As we all know, Android 10 will support foldable smartphones, with a focus on multitasking. Apps can run side-by-side in their own windows, just as Samsung's Galaxy Fold did with a modified Android 9.0 Pie. These features are now native to Android 10 and can be used without special customization by the OEM. Screen Continuity ensures that applications started on the small screen can be continued without interruption on the large display. Google showed this – with a pre-rendered animation – based on a racing game that could be continued immediately in the unfolded state.
Subtitles in real time
Also new are the so-called live captions, ie subtitles generated in real time, which can be activated via a button next to the volume control. So videos can be played at any time without sound, but with subtitles, although no subtitles have been deposited for the video. Google generates them in real time directly on the device. For this to work, the corresponding machine learning model has been scaled down from the original 2 GB in the data center to 80 MB directly on the device. This way the Live Captions can be used even in flight mode without internet connection.
Dark Theme celebrates its premiere with Android 10
The new dark theme contributes to the biggest visual change. After years of rumors or short availability in the options of earlier developer versions of older versions of Android, the Dark Theme is finally officially coming from Google on smartphones and tablets. The Dark Theme can be easily activated via the quick settings and should not only relieve the eyes of the user, but also reduce the energy needs of the smartphone. According to Google, devices with an OLED display are particularly advantageous here – such as their own pixel smartphones.
New security and privacy options
Security and privacy are two other areas Google wants to tackle with Android 10. Privacy is in Android 10 a separate menu item in the settings of the operating system, instead of being hidden in submenus. There, you can access stored activity data, location data, and advertising settings. Users should be able to decide freely what is stored and what is not.
Google does not just want to store these functions in the settings, but actively inform the user about the use of his personal data. For example, if an app accesses the user's location information, there will be a note in the notifications and a request will be made as to whether this should continue to be allowed. If an app wants to access the location information for the first time, a new dialog appears, if this should always be allowed, only when using the app or never.
Faster security updates
Android security updates should be speeded up with Android 10 by subdividing them into individual modules such as compatibility, security and data protection, which can then be delivered individually via OTA update and played back without restarting. This is to happen via a new Android OS framework, which, according to Google, works much like the update process of apps.
Android 10 gets a new “focus mode”, which puts the operating system in a state reduced to the most important apps, so that the user is less disturbed by notifications and other potential sources of interference. In the settings should be able to specify exactly which applications should be part of Focus Mode. There are new options for parents to monitor the use of a child's smartphone or tablet. Here you can see how long the device has been used, which apps have been used or set what should be executable for how long.
New Android Q Beta 3 for 21 devices
Just in time for the Google I / O, the third beta of Android Q has been released, which runs on 21 smartphones from 12 providers, including Google's Pixel Smartphones.